History Film Forum
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Panel – Responsibilities of History Filmmakers
Friday, March 10th, 2017
1:00 p.m. - Warner Bros. Theater

In his keynote address at the inaugural History Film Forum in 2015, filmmaker Ric Burns said “When you traffic in film and history, fiction or nonfiction, you are borrowing the authority and power and majesty of the real and counting on its potency to lift your tale. You, therefore, have a contract with the audience whether you know it or not: you’re going to take them as close to a truth as you can, no matter what the limitations are that get in your way.” This session looks at the responsibilities of filmmakers as public historians.


Moderator: Sheila Curran Bernard, Writer/Producer

Ed Ayers – 2017, The History Guys, Professor of the Humanities and President, Emeritus, University of Richmond

A. Scott Berg, Biographer

Nancy Buirski, Filmmaker

Melissa Haizlip, Filmmaker